The Mad Hatter

My girls don’t like to wear hats.  Living in a country so sunny (nearly every day) as Israel, we MUST wear hats here. Many mothers come into my store looking for summer hats for their babies; every year I try to design summer hats worthy of a milinary fashion show in Milan. As the mothers are trying hats on their babies, I sit and daydream:” I imagine my creative, whimsical hats on the heads of adorable tots, crawling and toddling down the runways of the worlds leading fashion shows. The very well dressed, sophisticated and uppity crowd ooh and ahhhh as the babies make their way down the catwalk, decked out in my summer hats. ” Babies don’t really have much of a choice when it comes to wearing a hat; their moms just plop them down on their little heads, tie them on with the strings provided and that’s that. 

 But the older kids need to be pursueded to wear hats. It’s important that the hats I make are cute or appealing to little kids because I think it easier to convice a child to wear the hat. I’ve been making hats with themes that I know children will love. I KNOW that all children love animals, little girls love pink, pretty things, boys love things with wheels and manly animals. What is a manly animal you may wonder. Well mothers in my store have explained to me that they don’t like “girly” animals on their boys like bunnies, kitties or duckies. It has been explained to me by several different mothers, that if the animals might eat you, if it has big teeth and growls  like a tiger, a lion or a prehistoric beast, these are the manliest and best animals of all for little boys!?. I also make a few hats just for myself, because I think that they are hilarious. If my girls see the hats in my studio and  have a shrill response “OOOHHHHHH!!!!!!!!”  in a pitch that only a dog can hear, I know they will be very popular!

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